O How The Grace Of God Amazes Me

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O how the grace of God
Amazes me!
It loosed me from my bonds
And set me free!
What made it happen so?
‘Twas His will, this much I know
Set me, as now I show,
At liberty.

My God has chosen me,
Though one of nought,
To sit beside my King
In Heaven’s court.
Hear what my Lord has done;
O the love that made Him run
To meet His erring son!
This has God wrought.

Not for my righteousness,
For I have none,
But for His mercy’s sake,
Jesus, God’s Son,
Suffered on Calvary’s tree—
Crucified with thieves was He—
Great was His grace to me,
His wayward one!

And when I think of how,
At Calvary,
He bore sin’s penalty
Instead of me,
Amazed, I wonder why
He, sinless One, should die
For one so vile as I:
My Saviour He!

Now all my heart’s desire
Is to abide
In Him, my Saviour dear,
In Him to hide;
My shield and buckler He,
Cov’ring and protecting me:
From Satan’s darts I’ll be
Safe at His side.

Lord Jesus, hear my prayer,
Thy grace impart;
When evil thoughts arise
Through Satan’s art,
O drive them all away
And do Thou from day to day,
Keep me beneath Thy sway,
King of my heart.

Come now, the whole of me,
Eyes, ears and voice,
Join me, creation all,
With joyful noise:
Praise Him Who broke the chain
Holding me in sin’s domain,
And set me free again!
Sing and rejoice!

O how the grace of God
Amazes me!
It loosed me from my bonds
And set me free!
What made it happen so?
‘Twas His will, this much I know
Set me, as now I show,
At liberty.

E T Sibomana, c 1910-1975,
tr Rosemary Guillebaud, 1915-2002

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